Hyundai Motor Starts Production of Its First Light Commercial Vehicle, the All-New H350, in Europe
Manufactured in Europe for the European market by Hyundai Motor’s partner Karsan Automotive in Turkey
All-new H350 will play a key role in the European commercial vehicle market
May 14, 2015 – Hyundai Motor started production of the company’s first multi-purpose light commercial vehicle (LCV), the All-New H350, in Europe today (Thursday). Designed, engineered and manufactured in Europe, for sale across Europe, the new H350 is engineered to deliver value beyond customer expectations and will establish new standards in its class.
With the introduction of the H350, Hyundai Motor presents the European LCV market with a new brand and the segment’s first all-new vehicle for several decades. The H350 will be manufactured by Hyundai Motor’s long-term production partner, Karsan Automotive, located in Bursa, Turkey. The all-new vehicle is built on a flexible platform that supports three body styles – Van, Bus and Chassis-cab.
“With the start of production of the All-New H350 today, Hyundai Motor will begin to play a key role in the European commercial vehicle sector. This portion of the market is forecast to grow significantly over the next few years, so now is the right time for Hyundai Motor to enter Europe’s big van segment. Built in Europe, the H350 has been developed and tailored to meet the specific needs of most demanding customers across the region,” said Byung Tae Yea, Executive Vice President of Hyundai Motor Company.
The 3.5 tonne (GVW) H350 Van will be available with a choice of 5.5 meter or 6.2 meter overall lengths delivering best-in-class cargo capacity (12.9 m³) and the unique ability to carry five Euro-standard pallets. The 4.0 tonne (GVW) H350 Bus offers customers two 13+1 seat layouts and a choice of passenger access doors. The Turkish plant will also build the flexible H350 Chassis-cab, which provides an efficient, versatile and robust foundation for customized bodywork for cargo boxes up to 4.0 m long and 2.32 m wide.
Hyundai anticipates that the new H350 will have strong appeal to customers seeking a premium LCV thanks to its large cargo capacity, ergonomic design and car-like comfort. Designers and engineers made efforts to develop the refined ride, strong performance and high safety standards that European customers expect, while delivering Hyundai’s characteristic reliability, competitive cost of ownership and generous warranty.
Hyundai Motor will start sales of the All-New H350 in Turkey during May with availability in eight other European countries starting from June, before expanding further across Europe in 2016.